Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Adventures Leaders

We, the leaders of smu outdoor adventures, enrich and develop the community, the program and ourselves. We model leadership by constantly building and maintaining interpersonal, educational and outdoor skills through a high level of self-awareness and an atmosphere of excellence. We make a positive impact by creating an open environment that engages the community and empowers its individuals to explore new frontiers.

The Leaders of SMU Outdoor Adventures is comprised of a great cross-section of outdoor enthusiast from the SMU community.We are dedicated to making your experience positive and rewarding.

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OA Leaders

Albert Mitugo

Position: Assistant Director,  Outdoor Adventures
E-mail: amitugo@smu.edu
Phone:(214) 768-4822
Working Since: 2008
Hometown: Rowlett, TX
Degree: M. Ed - Educational Leadership

Favorite Trip: Kind of difficult to pick out one considering the length of time I have spent in the back country (over 180 weeks). They are all pretty awesome!
I get to work with, shape and develop young leaders that move on to do great things globally!

Quote: "A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions" - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Jamie Paterson

Working since: October of 2016

Major: Environmental Engineer

Hometown: Keller, Texas

Colton Ciavarra

Hometown: Richmond, TX

Position: Manager, Climbing Center

Major: Psychology and Spanish Minor

Some of my favorite Outdoor activities are Rock climbing, water skiing and snow skiing.

Hollie Rients

Working since April 2017

Position: Manager, Outdoor Gear Rental Shop.

Hometown: Frisco, Texas

Major: Accounting and Economics

Favorite Trip: Backpacking trip to Arkansas!


Mariah Tinker

Position: Manager, Program Development.

Working Since: March 2018

Hometown: Grand Prairie, TX

Major: Engineering and Math

Favorite Trip: Hiking up Hallasan on Jeju Island

Quote: "First wonder goes deepest; wonder after that fits in the impression made by the first." -Life of Pi


Troy Walker

Position: Outdoor Leader in training

Working Since: March 2018

Hometown: Laguna Niguel, California

Major: Computer Science Engineering

Quote: "Not until we are lost, do we begin to understand ourselves” - Henry David Thoreau


 Kim Ho

Working Since: August 2018

Hometown: Sai Gon, Vietnam

Major:  Environmental Engineering – Minor in Biology and Global Development

Favorite Trip: Every trip is memorable in its own unique way.

  Trip with the best sight-seeing: Grand Canyon

Trip with the best people: Backpacking trip with the OA leaders to     Ouachita National Forest, Arkansa

 Trip with the best adventure: Moab, Utah               

Favorite part about this trip: I get paid for doing what I love!

Quote: "Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” - Albert Einstein

 Alex DeTrempe

From Chicago Illinois

Major Electrical Engineering

Favorite Trip: Buffalo River Arkansas Canoe Float

When I'm not spending time outside you'll find me cooking or watching the cubs!

“The word adventure has gotten overused. For me, when everything goes wrong – that’s when adventure starts.”  Yvon Chouinard

 Alex Yang

Working Since: November 2018

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Naperville, Illinois

Emily Hall

Position: Outdoor Leader in Training

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Major: Marketing and Fashion Media- Minor in French

Favorite Trip: Backpacking in Grand Tetons (if this is supposed to be a trip with
OA, you can leave it out for right now!)

Words to live by: Success is a choice


Frederick Mensah

Position: Climbing Wall Assistant

Working since: June 2019

Degree: Master of Theology


Canyon Calovich-Benne

Hometown: Denton, TX

Majoring in Biology and Minor in Chemistry

About me: When I am not climbing with friends, I am in Dr. Norris’ lab doing research.

Favorite trip: Anything with family, and yearly trips to Durango, CO to hike and snowboard

Quote: Le Chatelier’s Principle


 Avi Gupta

Working since: Fall 2019

Hometown: Westlake, Tx

Major: Economics and Political Science

Favorite trip: Hiking in Switzerland

Quote: "the bigger mistake would be to not make the mistake, because then you'd go your whole life not knowing if something is a mistake or not." - Lily in HIMYM



Devon Granberry

Working Since: September 2019

Hometown: Houston, TX

Major: Finance and Math

Favorite Trip: Backpacking in Alaska 


Diego Olson

Hometown: Richardson TX

Majors: Business marketing and Film

Working Since: October 2019

I enjoy climbing, backpacking and playing quads for the Mustang Band.




For any questions please contact the Outdoor Adventures at 214-768-4822 or email amitugo@smu.edu